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A Retrospect of Wedding Photography 2017
Looking back at wedding photography in 2017, it has been quite an eclectic year. I have photographed Jewish weddings including one in the Queens Hotel, Leeds and a Jewish wedding in Hampshire, a Hindu wedding at Ripley Castle, North Yorkshire, a Nigerian wedding at Leeds Cathedral, a wedding in a brewery and a wedding in Harrogate at which the Harrogate Brass Band played at the wedding ceremony. It has also been a year of LGBT weddings including a Japanese themed wedding.
The style for 2017 has been less formal than previous years with the emphasis on candid photography. However, there has still been the request for traditional bride and groom and family photographs but this has usually been kept to a minimum. The landscape of professional photography has changed, where less people seem to want professional wedding photographers and opt for amateur photographers. However, a recent poll has shown that when couples do not use professional wedding photographers and have opted for amateurs, they have been disappointed with the results and wished they had made the investment in an experienced, qualified wedding photographer.
I am looking forward to 2018 when I have an even more eclectic mix of weddings including weddings at railway stations in North Yorkshire(!) and donkey sanctuaries(!)
Advice For Choosing a Wedding Photographer
Continuing my previous blogs about choosing a wedding photographer, here’s some more help and advice:
Where possible, it’s important to visit the photographer at his home or studio as I hear of many photographers disappearing off the face of the earth leaving brides and grooms distressed with no wedding photographs. At least if you visit them, you will know from where they operate and have an address that if things go wrong, you can make contact or visit them.
I would recommend obtaining a landline phone number as anyone can operate from a mobile phone number and this offers you little or no security should things go awry.
Insurance is also very important. You should ask to see the photographer’s insurance including personal indemnity and public liability because if the photographer causes any damage at your venue or injures a guest, you may be held personally responsible.
Unfortunately, there are lots of amateur photographers out there posing as professional wedding photographers. One way to differentiate them is by the level of equipment they own. Although, arguably, it’s the photographer who creates the images and not the camera, Lewis Hamilton would not manage to be a world champion driver if it wasn’t for the fact that he is equipped with the best machines. The bottom line is that equipment does make a difference if used in the hands of a professional. As a guideline, cameras used by top photographers include Nikon D5, Canon 1D or Sony A9. Anyone using less than this equipment, I would question whether they will produce the quality of results you will be after.
If I can help any prospective bride and grooms with advice whether or not they are using me, then I would be more than happy to speak to you.
Being a Yorkshire wedding photographer based in Leeds covering Leeds, Harrogate and York, I pride myself on the service I offer and at times I feel embarrassed that the industry is let down by so-called rogue photographers as photography is unregulated and unfortunately brides and grooms do not have sufficient knowledge to differentiate the good, bad and the ugly.
Wedding Photographers Near Me Leeds Harrogate York
When choosing a wedding photographer for your wedding, one of the most popular search terms is ‘photographers near me’ as couples feel more comfortable in using a local photographer. Picking a wedding photographer can be a bit of a minefield as the industry is unregulated. There are institutions, associations and societies which a photographer has to reach a certain standard to become a member so it is always worthwhile asking if the photographer is a qualified member of one of these organisations.
I am a BIPP (British Institute of Professional Photographers) qualified wedding photographer and had to present my work to a board before gaining my qualification. Another question worth asking, is whether the photographer is recommended by any wedding venues as an hotel would not recommend a photographer that they would not be happy with. I am recommended by many venues including The Old Swan, Harrogate, The Crown Hotel, Harrogate, The Cedar Court, Harrogate, Weetwood Hall Hotel in Leeds plus many others.
Not only is it important to see the photographer’s work (making sure it is his work), but it is worthwhile speaking to the photographer on the phone and meeting up with him to make sure that you get along as the photographer’s personality and his people skills are very important. Above all, remember that it’s a wedding day and not a photo shoot, that way, you will enjoy the wedding and be more relaxed.
If you have any questions about wedding photography or would like any advice, please feel free to email me ([email protected]) or you can phone me on my mobile (07812390568) or phone me at my home studio (01132663600).